The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by Giacomo's, 355 Hanover St., to add tables with a total of 20 more seats on the second floor, and by Forcella in North Square to expand into a neighboring space and add 12 seats. Read more.
The Boston Sun reports chefs Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette are whipping up an Italian seafood restaurant on Newbury Street between Fairfield and Gloucester streets. They already have a deal to buy the liquor license from the former Uno on Boylston Street.
The Boston Licensing Board today notified the owners of Rabia's on Salem Street they better cut it out with the maskless servers, the more than six people crowded at tables, the wandering violinists popping in to play for diners. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board this morning told the manager and lawyer for Rabia's, 73 Salem St., that if they can't keep the North End's pair of wandering violinists out and if servers keep serving diners after 9:30 p.m. and won't wear masks, the place should just shut down. Read more.
Boston Restaurant Talk reports that Jeveli's is closing tomorrow and that whether it's going into "hibernation" for the winter or whether it's closing for good is unknown. The restaurant has been serving basic Italian fare since 1924.
The Boston Licensing Board yesterday gave permission to an East Boston man who is planning to open an upscale trattoria on Bennington Street to buy the beer and wine license from a Dominican restaurant in Roslindale. Read more.
The Boston Licensing Board tomorrow will likely decide whether to approve a Seaport restaurant's $450,000 purchase of the liquor license now held by the venerable Doyle's on Washington Street in Jamaica Plain.
Also tomorrow, the board is scheduled to consider a request by one of the owners of the neighboring Midway Cafe to buy out the other. Read more.
Anybody have a recommendation for scungilli (conch, often sliced thin and marinated) salad in the North End/downtown? My go-to place has gone-too. I'd also happy knowing of a local market that sells scungilli.
High-end family dining is coming to the North End. Jennifer Royale says her Table by Jen Royle "private dinner club" at 445 Hanover St. will feature large bowls and platters that diners seated at the two long tables will pass along as they go from course to course. Read more.
Frank DePasquale and Nick Varano will run a restaurant called Fratelli when the Encore Boston Harbor Resort opens.
The 135-seat Italian restaurant will, of course, serve Italian food, and will fill one of the 13 restaurant spaces at the facility. The only other announced restaurant is another Italian restaurant, operated by Wynn Resorts itself and called Sinatra.